On Thursday, Hilary Swank welcomed about 30 of her nearest and dearest, including Laura Dern, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras and Gigi Grazer, to a lunch at the Hotel Bel-Air to celebrate her role as spokesmodel for Guerlain’s newest fragrance, My Insolence. “It’s a new side of myself I get to express,” said the Oscar winner. “Those who know me pretty well already know I can be pretty insolent.”
Which wasn’t the case for the well-behaved crowd at the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s opening night gala at Walt Disney Concert Hall the same evening. That is at least until the dinner party afterwards, presented by Breguet, where guests like Jack Nicholson and date Diane Keaton, Frank Gehry and Cybill Shepherd let loose. Sherri Lansing boogied to Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On,” while soprano Renée Fleming chatted up Nicholson, who complimented her ensemble.
In New York on Wednesday, Ryan Gosling was also talking up a certain beauty, namely his love interest, Bianca, in “Lars and the Real Girl.” In the film, Gosling’s character orders a life-size doll off the Internet and incorporates her into his small-town life, believing Bianca, the silicone beauty, is real.
One would think a toy would make for a tough co-star, but as Gosling explained at the film’s premiere (also attended by Amy Sedaris, Tara Subkoff and Bill Pullman), it was the opposite: He actually prefers Bianca to the real thing. “I want to make all my pictures with her,” he said. “She was fascinating.”
Thankfully, some people still prefer living, breathing actresses. Downtown, Cate Blanchett, Lauren Bacall, Martha Stewart, Val Kilmer and LL Cool J filed into the Tribeca Grand for a Cinema Society screening of “Elizabeth: The Golden Age.” During one particularly intense scene, the filmstrip broke. As the projectionists scrambled to fix it, an impatient audience member yelled, “Tell us what happens next, Cate!” But, before the star could respond, the film resumed.
Afterward, guests partied at the SoHo Grand, where the lady of the hour reflected on her royal tendencies, or lack thereof. “I never have diva moments,” Blanchett said. “It simply would not be tolerated at home.”
This story first appeared in the October 8, 2007 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
The same claim could not likely be uttered by some of the doyennes in the first tier of Carnegie Hall for the theater’s opening night benefit. Annette de la Renta, Barbara Walters, Mercedes Bass, Marie-Josée Kravis, Judy Peabody and Clarissa Bronfman arrived in their best finery for an inspired performance by pianist Murray Perahia. But the ladies’ coaches must have turned into pumpkins afterward, as few made the trip to the Waldorf-Astoria for the post-performance dinner.